MO Governor's office settles e-mail deletion lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri governor's office agrees to provide free copies of e-mails to special court-appointed investigators.

Tuesday's agreement will settle a lawsuit that accused Gov. Matt Blunt and his office of "knowingly and purposely" violating the state's open-records law by denying access to e-mails. The attorney general's office began investigating Blunt's office last year, after former gubernatorial legal counsel Scott Eckersley's claimed he was fired after trying to draw colleagues' attention to Missouri's e-mail retention requirements. Blunt's office says Eckersley was fired for legitimate reasons. The e-mail lawsuit was scheduled for trial Jan. 5 - seven days before Blunt leaves office.

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